The 10,000 Islands Dolphin Project’s survey team is fortunate enough to work in the rich and diverse environment of Southwest Florida. We encounter and observe an amazing variety of wildlife and marine habitat each and every day while surveying the local bottlenose dolphin population.
While the core of our work is with coastal bottlenose dolphins, we observe manatee, sea turtles, shore and wading birds, bobcat, deer, raccoons, stone and blue crabs, osprey and eagles, shell life and coastal habitats effected by high and low tides. Florida Panther will occasionally make an appearance!
Utilizing today’s technologies, we have captured all of this in a remarkable Environmental Studies Program that enables an entire classroom to come with us into this extraordinary ecosystem.
The Program is composed of up to 20 Lesson Plans targeted at Grades 2 to 6. We offer the Program three times throughout the school year. Each of the Lesson Plans are structured to be 45 minutes in length of which 15 minutes is live from one of our survey vessels.
Environmental literacy is essential in younger generations. Showing the class the real world in real time brings an added excitement to learning. The surprise’s Mother Nature provides us with captivates the students curiosity about what they’ll see next. Experiences like this help children grow and helps them develop a sense of responsibility for our water, land and wildlife. With this increased knowledge of conservation it will arm them with the tools to go out into the world and make a difference.
Video about the Program!